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Rachel Kyte

Visiting Professor of Practice, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Rachel Kyte is a visiting professor of practice at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and dean emerita of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She was 14th dean of The Fletcher School, from 2019 to 2023, and the first woman to lead the oldest graduate-only school of international affairs in the United States

Previously, Kyte served as special representative of the UN secretary-general and chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). She previously was the World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change, leading the run-up to the Paris Agreement. She was also vice president at the International Finance Corporation responsible for ESG risk and business advisory services.

In her UN role and as CEO of SEforAll, a public-private platform created by the UN and World Bank, Kyte led efforts to promote and finance clean, reliable and affordable energy as part of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. She served as co-chair of UN Energy.

Kyte is a member of the U.N. secretary-general’s high-level advisory group on climate action and an advisor to the UK presidency of the U.N. climate talks. Kyte is co-chair of the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI), and chair of the FONERWA, the Rwanda Green Fund. She serves on the boards of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), the Climate Policy Institute and CDP. She advises investors, governments, and not-for-profits on climate, energy, and finance for sustainable development.

In the 2020 UK New Year Honours, Rachel was appointed as CMG for her services to sustainable energy and combating climate change.


  • –present
    Dean of the Fletcher School, Tufts University


CMG Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.